What are the security concerns for living in Fiji is a question I am regularly asked. I answered a few questions about secuirty in an interview on Expat Arrivals and will share my answers here:
Q: What are the biggest safety issues facing expats living in your host city or country? Are there any areas expats should avoid?
A: There is poverty across Fiji and as a result there is crime. There are areas where you shouldn’t rent a house due to higher risk of burglary. The police can provide you with crime rates in areas so that you can make a decision on where to live.
Q: How tolerant are the locals of foreigners? Is there any obvious discrimination against particular religions or women etc.?
A: Everyone is friendly and helpful so no major issues. Statistically we are more likely to be targeted for crime so we ensure we stay aware of our personal security. [Additional note: examples may include not walking around at nighttime or choosing to rent a house that has a secuirty guard]
Q: Have you made friends with locals or do you mix mainly with other expats? What advice would you give to new expats looking to make friends? Any social/expat groups you can recommend?
A: All locals will be interested in talking to you and finding out who you are and where you come from. It’s not hard to build your networks quickly! There are Facebook groups called ‘Suva Expats’ and ‘Suva Living’ which are handy to learn more about what’s happening in Suva. Again, just be wary of your security as some people may seem friendly but have poor intentions. Avoid inviting people to your house until you know them well.
Q: What do you enjoy most about Fiji? How would you rate the quality of life compared to Australia?
A: Fiji is a wonderful place to live because of the welcoming and friendly lifestyle.